Behold SubTropolis: The Underground City Located In An Excavated Kansas Mine

Tyler Durden's picture

More than 1,000 people spend their workdays in an industrial park housed in an excavated mine the size of 140 football fields. As Bloomberg reports, the underground industrial park known as SubTroplis opened for business in 1964 in an excavated mine below Kansas City, Mo. attracting tenants with the lure of lower energy costs and cheap rents...


About 10 percent of Kansas City's commercial real estate is underground, says Ora Reynolds, president of SubTropolis landlord Hunt Midwest. Landlords have made a cottage industry out of underground industrial space, thanks to rock formations near the Missouri River that allow trucks to drive into the old mines instead of tenants needing to use elevators to get things in and out.


Industrial chic: Subtropolis boasts 17-foot-high ceilings supported by rough-hewn columns. The 270-million-year-old limestone deposits are six times stronger than concrete, according to Hunt Midwest's marketing materials.


Subtropolis's cool climate helped attract cloud computing company LightEdge, which has become the anchor tenant in what Hunt Midwest hopes will develop into a major data center.


The U.S. Postal Service uses Subtropolis as a distribution hub for postage stamps, storing hundreds of millions of stamps in the facility.


The USPS rents more than 500,000 square feet at SubTropolis.

The National Archives and Records Association keeps old tax records and federal court documents at the facility. Pick a fight with the Internal Revenue Service and the paper trail may lead to these shelves.


Vanguard Packaging prints retail packaging and supermarket displays in its 500,000-square-foot space. Vanguard calls itself the most sustainable packaging company in North America.


Journey to the center of the earth—or at least, to EarthWorks, an educational program that schools students on the Midwest's natural habitats in a 32,000 square-foot space in SubTropolis.


Some cannisters in this archive hold the original film from Gone with the Wind.


"I have no idea how many pounds of coffee I have down here," says Joe Paris, vice president at Paris Brothers, a specialty foods company. "I have thousands of bags. Some of them are 60 or 70 kilos. It's a lot."

SubTropolis is down the road from an assembly plant at which Ford manufactures F150 pickups. This has attracted companies such as Knapheide, shown here, which manufactures steel bodies that get rigged onto Ford trucks.

One tenant in SubTropolis's Automotive Alley is Ground Effects, which provides a variety of conversion services.

Road runners have been competing in 5-kilometer and 10k races inside SubTropolis's seven miles of roadways for 33 years.

Source: Bloomberg


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kliguy38's picture

Been there itss massive quite the city with semis rolling throughout all day long...........nice bugout place for a lot of people

Charles Wilson's picture

See also:  Isaac Asimov, "Caves of Steel"

Newsboy's picture

And the "Eloi" live up on nice golf courses and tennis courts somewhere?

ACP's picture

When the SHTF, the hard working dwarves will be holed up there as a defensive position against the pavement orcs.

quintago's picture

It's like a breath of fresh...oh wait, shit where's my gas mask

Paveway IV's picture

Cool... their mascot is a fat, stoner groundhog called Gus.

I'm pretty damn sure I went to school with that guy.

Anusocracy's picture

That's just puny, Detroit has a much larger salt mine 1200 feet under the city.

Detroit’s salt mines are like an underground city within the city. It is a massive expanse of 1,500 acres and over 100 miles of roads right under everyone’s feet. It stretches from Dearborn, located in the northwest of Detroit’s metropolitan area, and known to automobile lovers as Henry Ford’s birthplace, via Melvindale to Allen Park in the southwest.

Muppet's picture

Chicago deep tunnel.  65miles of covert UMB.

cnmcdee's picture

Well on the plus end - if the world ends and everyone is retreated down there you will still get the mail..


infinity8's picture

"nice bugout place for a lot of people" - not any more! Been there many times - weird and awesome, never heard of or seen anything else like it. "The Caves". But, there's lots and lots of (smaller) good caves and old mines in the region.

NuckingFuts's picture

Been in there also, driving a 17' box truck for a pick up. Was a little nervous until I saw full sized semi's all over, no problem for my little rig. I spoke for awhile with the warehouse staff, outside of never seeing the sun they seemed to enjoy working there... A really trippy place.

Cheduba's picture

One of these near Springfield, MO as well called Springfield Underground.  I think it's a great use of storage space with how dry and cool it down there, unless the roof caves in, of course.

Hitlery_4_Dictator's picture

What are they worried about. America is #1, we have the best military, and a world reserve currencey. Every other country looks up to us, we are the only Sueprpower left. America rules the world and always will.

IReallyDontCare's picture

Lol,That's what the Romans and British used to say.

ziggy59's picture

Wasnt tt the Morlocks in HG Wells' The TimeMachine that lived underground?

Coke and Hookers's picture

HG Wells was a fucking socialist and turned things upside down.

Jugdish787's picture

Now I know where I am going when the nukes start flying.

Automatic Choke's picture

...too bad you'll be stuck in there with a bunch of folks from Kansas.

kliguy38's picture least we'll have guns........;-)

Paveway IV's picture

Yeah. Imagine being stuck in there with this freak from Kansas.

Miss Kansas, actually...

Polonius's picture

You might be surprised.  They have just as much TV, NFL and Hollywood in Kansas as everywhere else so the people are now almost as fucked up as the rest of us.

ceilidh_trail's picture

Did you choke on reading comprehension? Kansas City, Missouri. Paveway has it right- I've met a few cuties from Kansas...

NotApplicable's picture

Dat's where all dat gubmint cheese lives too!

RickyJabbour's picture

It's in Missouri, not Kansas.

847328_3527's picture

Too bad your stuck with a bunch of folks from Missouri.

kliguy38's picture

.........and least we'll have our guns...:-)

Paveway IV's picture

Even worse - you could be stuck with this local Missouri hag.

She probably throws like a girl, too.

Beowulf55's picture

Ahhhhhhh....I need breeding must stop.........


Beowulf55's picture

Ahhhhhhh....I need breeding must stop.........


Angus McHugepenis's picture

What difference does it make!

Hillary (the next LIQ... lesbian-in-qweef)

drendebe10's picture

"There ain't nuthin uglier than an old white woman."  Fred Sanford 

Four chan's picture

i'll put this here:

CME Group says it will close most of its futures trading pits in Chicago and New York City by July 2, 2015.

It will maintain its options trading pit and the S&P 500 futures market.

"Equity index futures pits and the DJIA ($10) and NASDAQ-100 options pits will close following the expiration of the June 2015 contract on June 19, 2015," the company said in a release.

CME Group says it will try to offer booth space to those who want to trade electronically following the closures.ut 

cigarEngineer's picture

Very good post.

15 yrs ago you could make a living trading 5 contacts on the Dow, boucing around the value area.

PS Chicago blows. There's listerine and paper cups in every bathroom at the CME but the sinks are so low you would have to stoop to wash your dick in it.

Yen Cross's picture

     I keep thinking of this song.

 The danger will pass in a few days folks...  Please move forward>>>>

Soul Glow's picture

It probably sucks to live there but at least they're prepared.

Ignatius's picture



Subtropolis, it's crazy kind of town

A nutty, kooky, kooky, nutty kind of town....

lincolnsteffens's picture

How the hell do you get clean air in there?? or don't you?

Cheduba's picture

I think I've read that there are natural convection currents that move air through the caves, but it might need air blowers to force air through the tunnels like in underground mining, not for sure.

Joebloinvestor's picture

The spirit of Dr. Strangelove is alive and well.

Kubrick was great.

Spitzer's picture

If derivative gold can hold on long enough, all gold mines will be turned into sub cities.

Make a Vegas underground.

Yen Cross's picture

     What's next?... The FedEx underwater base?

 Water filters radiation better.

heisenberg991's picture

This is where Soylent Green will open their doors when overpopulation and robots lead to no jobs for humans.

QQQBall's picture

Next up... Mole people sleeping in storage units with communal bathrroms.

kchrisc's picture

Underground facilities to pay double property tax because their lower energy costs reduce "revenue" to the theft-authorities up top in 3..2..

The banksters need to repay us.


And also be accused by the "climate change" scammers of increasing "global warming."